New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is under fire again, this time for sexual harassment allegations. The New York Times reported Saturday that a second former aide of Cuomo’s has come forth, accusing the governor of unwanted questioning and comments of a sexual nature during her time of employment in his office. The aide, Charlotte Bennett, said that after reporting the incident to a supervisor, she was transferred to another department. The allegations follow additional detailed accusations made by another former aide, Lindsey Boylan, last week. Ms. Boylan accused the governor of kissing her without consent and inviting her to “play strip poker” on an airplane ride, among other things.
Cuomo has denied wrongdoing and stated, “Some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation.” New York Attorney General Letitia James has said that her office will “oversee a rigorous and independent investigation” regarding the matter.
The Right has called for an investigation, and many are also calling for Cuomo to resign. Conservative political commentator David Harris Jr. tweeted, “‘I’m sorry if you felt offended’ isn’t an apology.”
“Joe Biden and the Democrats canceled Dr. Seuss before they canceled sexual predator Andrew Cuomo. What a sad time in America.”Camryn Kinsey, Booking Producer with One America News Network (OAN)
“It will be whitewashed, mark my words, because in the end Democrats love to virtue signal the rest of us about how to be moral people, but they really never hold themselves up to the same standards,” wrote Rich Welsh, a syndicated opinion columnist for conservative news site DJHJ Media. Conservative commentator Tiana Lowe stated, “We’ve all known who the New York governor is for a long time. It’s finally just convenient for his cheerleaders in the press to face the facts.”
In the 5 days after Ted Cruz’s aborted trip to Cancun, CNN spent 1 hour and 32 minutes discussing the story.— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) March 1, 2021
In the 5 days after Lindsey Boylan came forward w/ her accusations against @NYGovCuomo, CNN spent 18 minutes disucssing the story. pic.twitter.com/nJ00iOx7NO
Many on the Left have expressed criticism towards Cuomo, as well. “The President has been consistent in his position. When a person comes forward — they deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. Their voice should be heard, not silenced. And any allegation should be reviewed,” stated White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.
“These stories are difficult to read, and the allegations brought forth raise serious questions that the women who have come forward and all New Yorkers deserve answers to.”Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State
However, Majid M. Padellan, President of political organization Really American, noted, “Imagine my ‘surprise’ waking up to see all these calls for Andrew Cuomo to resign, but not a peep about Madison Cawthorn or Brett Kavanaugh doing the same. It’s almost like the GOP doesn’t care about accountability at all.”